HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gets an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM based on the Leaked RUU

Looks like another HTC phone is getting some love from the Android development community. We previously saw a leaked ICS build for the HTC Thunderbolt, and now you can get your hands on a Sense-filled version of ICS for the Droid Incredible 2. This comes thanks to XDA user nitsuj17 for posting a ROM that is allegedly based on another leaked RUU (a stock software package HTC uses on their phones) from HTC. The timing of this leak shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because the Droid Incredible 2 is officially slated to get ICS “by the end of August”.

As I mentioned, the ROM features HTC Sense 3.6 built over Android 4.0 ICS and is mostly stock except for a few tweaks. You can see a full list of the tweaks and alterations after the break.

Get Em’ While You Can: Motorola Xoom 3G 32GB for $199 or AT&T Galaxy S III for $499

Great news for those of you looking for a deal. The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is being featured on “Daily Steals” for only $199! I know you’re thinking, “Justin, why would I buy an old tablet for $199 when I can get the Nexus 7 for the same price?” I’m glad you asked and I have two reasons. First, this bad boy has a larger screen so you get 10-inches of HD beauty, and second is for the 3G connectivity, with a Verizon Wireless 3G enable device you can walk into any Verizon store and get hooked up with prepaid service. I know it’s not LTE but hey, it’s better than nothing and at least it keeps you connected.

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming to MetroPCS This Fall

We have good news for those of you who subscribe to MetroPCS because the Samsung Galaxy S III is slated to arrive on the nation’s fifth largest carrier sometime this fall. This version of the Galaxy S III leaves nothing to be desired and will be equally as powerful as the multiple variants available today. The only difference being the “MetroPCS” logo on the back of the device. One last key point I should mention is the device will have a few MetroPCS apps loaded onto it, but nothing too intrusive. In terms of pricing, the carrier has not released any information but we believe it will be somewhere around $549

So how many of you are on MetroPCS? If you are, will you jump in and pay the full price to get your hands on it? Let us know!

source: PCMag

Samsung Scores a Victory Regarding Jury’s Instructions

As you know, Samsung and Apple have been in a very heated battle regarding who copied whose patents, and assuming no settlement is reached, a final verdict will be made in the next few days. Yesterday, in a turn of events, Samsung was able to score a victory as Judge Koh made a surprising reversal to the prior ruling by Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal. Judge Grewal had originally decreed that the jury would be told Samsung had failed to retain evidence as part of the jury instructions.

This ruling upset Samsung for two reasons: First, the date they were accused of deleting their emails was well before the lawsuit was filed, and secondly, during that time Apple had not yet ordered its employees to start saving their emails either. Since Apple was the one who brought on the lawsuit, Samsung reasoned that they were equally as responsible for saving messages from the same start date since they knew the lawsuit was on the horizon.

LG Optimus Vu Will Make its Global Debut in September

LG has announced that their newest flagship device, the Optimus Vu, will be making its way to retailers globally in September. The device has only been available in Japan and Korea but will see a release in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. next month. This news comes slightly after LG announced they had sold more than 500,000 units, an impressive feat and a sign of the phones acceptance. As far as the US release goes, we know it’s coming to Verizon Wireless, but at this point we’re not sure who else will carry the device.

The Optimus Vu rocks a glorious 5-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8MP rear-camera, a 1.3MP front facing camera and 32GB of storage. The more I think about it, the more I wouldn’t mind owning an one. It’s slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S III, and that phone doesn’t seem too big at all. So what about you? Is the LG Optimus Vu the perfect size? If presented with an opportunity would you buy one? Let us know in the comments!

Hit the break for the full press release from LG.

Huawei Ascend P1 to be Enhanced with a ‘Premium Feel’ Ahead of its UK Launch

Last month we reported the Huawei Ascend P1 would be coming to the U.K. in August. We’re now more than halfway through the month, and instead of a launch date, Huawei announced they want to give the device more of a “premium” feel ahead of its launch. At this point we’re not sure what all the improvements will be, but they did mention the newer version would have an 1800mAh battery vs. the 1670mAh that was sent out in review units.

Looks like some pretty exciting stuff! I know we’re moving into a quad-core world, but dual-core phones still pack some relevant power. So are any of our reader across the pond excited for this device?

source: coolsmartphone
via: Android Central

 

 

 

 

Google Play Gift Cards Could Land In Stores On August 26th

We recently reported that Google Play gift cards would soon be available, and today we have more information to back this up. According to this internal image from Target, we could see the gift cards arriving by August 26th. From the looks of it, Target’s current gift card displays should have two open pegs in anticipation of this launch date.

So, are you itching to get your hands on one of these guys? I can tell you right now, as soon as they’re available I’m getting one just to keep in my wallet!

source: Android Police

Sprint Will Give you $400 Store Credit for Leaving Your Current Wireless Provider

I love it when cell phone carriers fight for my business, it usually means I come out on top. Generally this results in a waived activation fee or a couple of free cases, but Sprint is taking it to a whole new level. How you ask? Great question, they are ready to offer you up to $400; all you have to do is sign up three (new) lines of service on an “Everything Data Share” or “Simply Everything Data” plan. In addition, you will have to sign a 2 year contract and must keep the lines open for at least 60 days. Once you have met the requirements Sprint will offer you $400 of in-store credit; which can then be used towards “qualifying devices.”

Does it sound too good to be true? Well it’s not really but there are some caveats. First of all, tablets, USB modems and accessories do not qualify for purchase with the $400. Secondly, you cannot receive a mail in rebate on a device if you are using the promotional cash to buy it. For example, if the phone you want is $250 with a mail-in rebate of $50, you will pay the full $250 and receive no additional rebates. Most importantly, one of the 3 lines you activate must be ported over from another carrier (a port is to transfer an active line of service). If you intend on porting your number, it cannot come from any of Sprint’s affiliates; like Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.

That’s all the information we have for now. If you are interested in this promotion it’s rumored to begin on August 19th and would run through September 15th. So, who’s making the switch?!

source: phonearena

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Gets Official, Revealed in T-Mobile Training Docs

Recently we reported that the Samsung Galaxy Blaze Q had been delayed and renamed. We now have proof of the new name thanks to a training doc from T-Mobile and it will be called the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (really??) and although the name has changed, the specs remain the same. This is what we know so far:

  • 1.5GHz processor, still no word on S3 or S4, our guess is on the latter
  • 4.0″ display
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Mobile hotspot capable of up to 8 devices
  • S-Voice
  • NFC Capable
  • Same gestures as Galaxy S III
  • 50GB Dropbox offer for 2 years

Originally the device was expected to be released on August 15th, and since that day has come and gone, we’re not sure when it will make its debut. I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled and report anything back to you! So tell me, are you excited about the Galaxy S Relay 4G??

source: TmoNews

CyanogenMod Posts Updates to Galaxy S III Build Using a New Unlocked Bootloader

 

I have been using CyanogenMod ever since the days of old, you know? The days when CM had its own app in the market for updates? The major reason is because of the tenacity this team employs while working, it’s all about excellence and passion– which is carried over into its development of the latest CM ROM for the Verizon Galaxy S III smartphone.  Well, as of yesterday, a new insecure bootloader can be flashed to the device, which helps in making things much easier than before. In light of this, the CM team has posted a new release of CM10 (alpha) that will be paired with the new bootloader. Users of the alpha build can expect better 4G connections and some other bug fixes as well on their Galaxy S III phones.

I will stress that this is an alpha build and may not be suitable for a daily driver because of potential bugs or issues, but if you are an early adopter, then jump on in! Make sure to report your findings in the comments!

source: Google+

Ubi Plug-Mounted Android Device Gives Your Phone Eyes and Ears in the Home

A Kickstarter project out of Toronto called Ubi (ubiquitous computer) recently reached its funding goal for a small Android-powered computer that plugs directly into a power socket. The device is packed with sensors and connects to the local Wi-Fi network so it can push notifications about the room’s conditions such as lighting, temperature, sound, movement and even humidity to your smartphone. In addition, the device has a full-sized USB port, headphone jack, RF and Bluetooth capabilities for added connectivity. There’s even an LED light and speakers built in.  Ubi doesn’t have earth shattering specs, but it’s still a decent amount of power and includes an 800MHz processor with 1GB of RAM, will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will have its own app ecosystem that will launch with the device. Here are some of the features you can expect when the device ships:

Samsung: 10 Million Galaxy Notes Sold Worldwide

Some exciting news came from yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event where the company briefly announced they’ve sold more than 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones worldwide. The original Note made its debut in late October 2011 in Europe before making its way to the U.S. in February. To be honest with you, when Samsung announced the Note, I didn’t think it would be the first phone, greater then 5 inches, to have the success it did. It certainly has taken the mobile world by surprise!

Just to give you an idea of the momentum, it was only four months ago that Samsung announced they had sold 5 million Notes. The surge of sales to 10 million units is no doubt a combination of its launch here in the States and continued promotion throughout the Olympic Games. Samsung is expected to launch a successor to the original device at their pre-IFA press conference on August 29th in Berlin, Germany. The new version is rumored to have an even larger screen, and a bump to a quad-core CPU. Personally, after using the Note for the weekend, I welcome a newer, larger, and faster version! What about you?

 

Samsung HM5100 Bluetooth S Pen Makes a Surprise Debut in our Galaxy Note 10.1 ‘Press Kit’

The standard S pen you have come to know and love is already a pretty cool utility for your Galaxy Note. Add Bluetooth, a microphone, and a mini speaker to the equation and voila, you get the new “BT S Pen (HM1500).” The device had no introductions at yesterday’s Galaxy Note 10.1 event, no lime light, and no demos on stage, it was simply placed neatly in our “press kit” as a surprise, and surprised we were!

Samsung Accuses Apple of Stealing Patented Music, Email, and Photo Features

Yesterday Samsung began their arguments by defending themselves from Apple’s allegations, and today they moved into their countersuit claims. Dr. Woodward Yang, a professor at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was called in by Samsung’s legal team to perform an analysis of three of their utility patents. Dr. Yang found that Apple had infringed on all three with multiple devices.

We begin with email. The ‘460 patent protects the elements of email and photo browsing in a camera equipped device. The patent covers three different functions: stepping through different photos in a gallery mode, sending an email with an attached photo, and sending a text-only email. According to Dr. Yang, the iPhone 4, 3GS, 3, the iPad 2, and fourth gen iPod touch all infringe the patent on both iOS 4 and iOS 5.